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My Afternoons with Margueritte (Not Rated)

French and Flemish with English subtitles

My Afternoons with Margueritte is the story of life's random encounters. In a small French town, Germain (Gérard Depardieu), a nearly illiterate man in his '50s and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesus), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She's articulate, highly intelligent and frail. There being 40 years and 200 pounds difference between the two, Germain is lured by Margueritte's passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey—to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.